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Golden Bear-winning Chinese director Wang Quan’an has been detained on charges of paying for sex, Beijing police said Monday. He is the latest celebrity to fall foul of a broadening morality crusade in the Chinese entertainment business.
According to a statement on the Beijing police department’s Sina Weibo social media account, a man with the last name “Wang” who was a filmmaker from Shaanxi province was caught with a prostitute in a residential building in Beijing’s Dongcheng district on Sept. 10.
Subsequent media reports and official statements confirmed that the person in question was director Wang Quan’an.
Wang won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2006 for his Mongolia-set feature Tuya’s Wedding, and his historic drama White Deer Plain took part in the 2012 fest.
Prostitution and solicitation is illegal in China. President Xi Jinping has ordered a nationwide crackdown on corruption, which is seen as a possible threat to the single-party rule by the Communist Party.
In the entertainment business, this has gone hand-in-hand with a crackdown on vice and drugs. After Jaycee Chan‘s, and several other high-profile celebrity arrests, many leading film and TV companies pledged not to hire stars involved in prostitution, gambling or drug abuse.
Last month, Chan, son of veteran Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan, and Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung were caught smoking marijuana at a foot massage parlor in Beijing.
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